Induced cross-modal synaesthetic experience without abnormal neuronal connections

Roi Cohen Kadosh, Avishai Henik, Andres Catena, Vincent Walsh, Luis J. Fuentes

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Are the kinds of abnormal cross-modal interactions seen in synaesthesia or following brain damage due to hyperconnectivity between or within brain areas, or are they a result of lack of inhibition? This question is highly contested. Here we show that posthypnotic suggestion induces abnormal cross-modal experience similar to that observed in congenital grapheme-color synaesthesia. Given the short time frame of the experiment, it is unlikely that new cortical connections were established, so we conclude that synaesthesia can result from disinhibition between brain areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-265
Number of pages8
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)


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